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Owlchemy Labs CEO Andrew Eiche thinks devs should be bullish about AI

Game Developer

"These tools exist, and they aren't disappearing anytime soon. The choice is to figure how to make them work for you, to figure out where the workloads actually fit best, and to build them in an ethical way.

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From Buckles to Games: The Journey of Rex Bowden and Africa Games Week

PreMortem.Games

Photos by Moe the Photographer Like the sturdy belt and shiny buckle Rex Bowden once helped sell as a child, entrepreneurship is woven into the fabric of this co-founder of Africa Games Week (AGW). His journey began with those humble sales and blossomed into launching his own events business at the tender age of 20. These experiences instilled in him a profound passion for business and empowering African entrepreneurs.

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600 more Activision QA workers unionize

GamesIndustry.biz

Another swath of Activision QA workers has unionized, as the Communication Workers of America announced today that Microsoft has voluntarily recognized a union for workers at Activision Central Quality Assurance. Approximately 600 employees in California, Texas, and Minnesota will be represented by the union, which the CWA says makes it the largest group of union-represented workers at any US gaming company.

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AWS for Games to spotlight generative AI at GDC 2024

AWS Games

With the annual Game Developer Conference (GDC) just days away, Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Games is ramping up to host exciting technology demonstrations and programming focused on evolving industry trends, including generative artificial intelligence (AI). From March 18-22, AWS for Games invites developers to connect with its team and see new AWS for Games and partner solutions in action at the Play and Learn Lounge (Moscone Convention Center West Hall #WL2-4, level 2), and check out a range

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Warner Bros. shuts down Rooster Teeth after 21 years

Game Developer

The media company will close down over the next several months as WB figures out what to do with properties like RWBY and Gen:Lock.

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Hypercasual games stagnate, but Japanese publisher KAYAC maintains faith

PreMortem.Games

This article is written by Diana Levintova from AppMagic. Top image: four of KAYAK’s hypercasual games. There has been a lot of talk about the future of Hypercasual games: how the market has been in stagnation, making studios slowly but steadily look for opportunities in the fraternal Hybridcasual. Leading Japanese publisher KAYAC has another opinion however.

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Top Tools We Certainly Do Not Want to Live Without

The GameDev Guru

These are the tools that help us daily in our game performance consulting practice

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Toymaker Mattel is becoming a mobile game publisher

Game Developer

Hot Wheels and Barbie toymaker Mattel is expanding its video game interests, with a new publishing arm that will "co-devleop" and publish mobile games.

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The new normal • Video game layoffs are a feature, not a bug

PreMortem.Games

Following another big week in terms of headcount reductions, interactive entertainment is on track to shed a record number of jobs in 2024. Before the news cycle had fully absorbed Sony’s announcement that it was letting go of 900 people, Electronic Arts released a similar statement regarding the termination of about 5 percent of its total headcount, approximately 670 jobs.

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Helldivers 2 is a major hit in the UK | UK February Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

2.77 million video games were sold in the UK during February, a drop of 5.5% over the year before. This is based on data from GSD, which tracks digital game sales from most major publishers, and all physical sales. The notable absent game from the charts is Palworld, because the game's developer isn’t included in the GSD system. The 5.5% drop last month is actually an impressive result, because last year saw the blockbuster launch of Hogwarts Legacy, which was one of the biggest game relea

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Two Dots

Concept Art World

Concept Art World Two Dots Two Dots is a creative studio based in France and co-founded in 2012 by experienced concept and cover artist Seed Seven. It offers a large range of services: from creative concepts exploration to high resolution image and matte painting, from illustration and concept art to character design. Two Dots has a wide array of international clients in the entertainment industry, including video games and books. “We are a flexible outsourcing partner, able to understand

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Corporate kryptonite? Developers and insiders discuss the power of game industry unions

Game Developer

Union workers and members get candid about the value of collective action within an increasingly hostile industry.

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Programming the C64 with Visual Studio Code

Retro Game Coders

C64 programmers usually turn to CBM PRG Studio, and I even suggest it as a go-to (heh) in my C64 BASIC Programming course series , but it is only natively compiled for Windows. You can, with some effort, get CBM PRG Studio for Mac and Linux using Wine , but that is a lot of time and disk space to expend to get an IDE for a vintage computer working. Ideally we would be able to use a familiar, modern, cross-platform IDE.

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WB's push for predictable returns carries real risk | This Week in Business

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox This Week in Business is our weekly recap column , a collection of stats and quotes from recent stories presented with a dash of opinion (sometimes more than a dash) and intended to shed light on various trends. Check every Friday for a new entry. Warner Bros Discovery's gaming division had a pretty great year in 2023, thanks in large part to the success of Hogwarts Legacy, which was the first non-Call of Duty, non-Rock

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Getting to the Heart (of the cards) of Balatro

Game Wisdom

Getting to the Heart (of the cards) of Balatro Josh Bycer josh@game-wisdom.com Balatro was one of many games I had a chance to check out from next fest that I knew was going to be a hit, but I was surprised to see how much of a hit the game became. Combining … The post Getting to the Heart (of the cards) of Balatro appeared first on Game Wisdom.

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Dial up the Diegetics: Musical Sound Effects for the Video Game Composer (GDC 2024)

Game Developer

Video game composer Winifred Phillips previews her upcoming GDC 2024 lecture, "Dial up the Diegetics: Musical Sound Effects.” Included: a detailed case-study with multiple audiovisual examples.

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Understanding the Great Video Game Recession. Or Not.

The Bottom Feeder

Hee hee! I’m just havin’ a little fun before I get started. The video game industry is seeing a big wave of layoffs and game company closures, and it may be that we have begun the long, slow, agonizing bleed of a recession. Alas, I feel compelled to write about it. It's a hard thing to write about. It's painful. Lost jobs mean real suffering.

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Top 20 UK video game sales are 38% physical

GamesIndustry.biz

A new chart from the Entertainment and Retail Association has revealed the digital and physical sales splits for the 20 best-selling games in the UK. The data is based on GSD and GfK figures, and shows that there is still a substantial number of games sold via physical stores. EA Sports FC 24, which was the best-selling game in the UK last year, sold 2.395 million units in 2023. 67.2% of the sales (1.61 million) came via PlayStation Network, Steam, Xbox Live and Nintendo eShop, while 786,000 (32

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Cyborg3003 March update

Indie DB

Hi. I’m playing with some new screenshots of the game, so I decided that I will try to add some depth of field effect in the game, let’s see what I can get. Here are some results.

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EA CEO: 60 percent of development processes could be 'impacted by generative AI'

Game Developer

EA boss Andrew Wilson said generative AI is something the publisher is 'embracing deeply.

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Roll Out the Red Carpet: Filmustage's 30% and 100% Discounts + The Oscars Quiz

Filmustage

Each year, the Dolby Theater hosts the film industry's most awaited event: the Academy Awards. Though predicting winners is part of the excitement, one thing's for sure: with Filmustage, you are always a winner! ? To help you get closer to triumph and celebrate the Oscars 2024 with you, we're making the magic of Filmustage even more accessible: 30% DISCOUNT on all our annual plans from March 7 to March 31.

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24 Bit Games' seven-year journey to joining Annapurna Interactive

GamesIndustry.biz

You can read all our South Africa Games Week articles on this page. After seven years in business, Annapurna Interactive made its very first acquisition last year: South African studio 24 Bit Games. While seeing Annapurna jump onto the M&A bandwagon might seem surprising, this specific acquisition makes a lot of sense considering the very close relationship between the two companies.

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Michael Blaker’s Video Game Tuesday: All About Forums

Game Industry News

Hey all, I’m back with an important topic for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. It’s all about forums. Forums?: A lot of developers nowadays are forgoing the use of forums and to me that seems to be a really bad thing since it doesn’t encourage community interaction or feedback. Given how many titles ship now with game breaking bugs, that seems to be a really poor way of handling the concerns of players.

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Capcom raising graduate salary in Japan to attract 'exceptional talent'

Game Developer

The company will increase the base salary for graduate hires by around 27 percent at the start of the 2025 fiscal year.

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AI model improvements for higher-quality textures in Unity Muse

Unity Blog

Unity Muse is a suite of capabilities to help you explore, ideate, and iterate with greater ease in the Unity Editor. One of these capabilities is Texture. Muse’s texture capability transforms natural language and visual inputs into PBR-enabled materials that can be applied directly to surfaces and objects in your project.

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Glow Up Games on bringing Black stories to games and why AI doesn't recognize rap

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Glow Up Games is one of the first all-women-of-color companies to have raised over $1.5 million in funding. This was revealed by co-founder Dr. Mitu Khandaker on stage at DICE 2024 during the studio's keynote, where she explained that the five years since the studio's establishment has been a multifaceted learning lesson for development and creative intention.

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W4 Games Launch W4 Cloud Complete Godot Multiplayer Solution

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com W4 Games Launch W4 Cloud Complete Godot Multiplayer Solution W4 Games, a company formed by several key Godot developers to create a commercial ecosystem around the Godot game engine, just launched their second product (the first being W4 Console) W4 Cloud. W4 Cloud is a complete multiplayer stack for the Godot game engine providing the following features: The project […] The post W4 Games Launch W4 Cloud Complete Godot Multiplayer Solution appeared first on GameFromScra

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Switch emulator Yuzu reaches $2.4 million settlement with Nintendo

Game Developer

Along with the settlement, Nintendo will have effectively wiped the Yuzu off the face of the internet.

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Symbol of Sacrifice Announcement

Indie DB

Symbol of Sacrifice has officially announced the demo will be ready in May and is set to take part in the June 2024 Steam Next Fest. Alongside the announcement they also released their teaser trailer shown below!

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Bringing the global games industry to Africa's unexplored markets

GamesIndustry.biz

You can read all our South Africa Games Week articles on this page. Africa Games Week held its sixth edition last December, welcoming over 1,980 attendees to Cape Town. Over 360 companies were represented, and 93 speakers contributed to the conference track. Over on the showfloor, more than 250 African games were showcased, the organisers said.

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How to Streamline Your SAP Testing With Perforce & Worksoft

Perforce

Learn why SAP testing is more critical than ever, and explore how Perforce and Worksoft can help address your most pressing SAP testing challenges.

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Square Enix confirms Sony exclusivity for Final Fantasy VII's remake trilogy

Game Developer

Like with the original Final Fantasy 7, PlayStation will be the only console home for Square Enix's remake games.

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Mechanic Heroes

Indie DB

Build your team of mechanics and work together to repair and deliver as many cars as possible before the time runs out! Playable with up to 4 players, locally or online, Mechanic Heroes will make you love mechanics or simply hate your friends. Forget.

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Apple calls Epic 'verifiably untrustworthy' and blocks Fortnite and App store on iOS

GamesIndustry.biz

Apple has blocked Epic's bid to launch Epic Games Store and Fortnite on iOS devices because it doesn't trust the games giant. Epic had its 'Epic Games Sweden AB' developer account approved by Apple last month, which paved the way for Epic Games Store and Fortnite hit the platform. The move followed the introduction of the Digital Markets Act in Europe which, amongst other things, requires Apple to allow third-party app stores on iOS.